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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is getting a lot of flack for refusing to stand up for the National Anthem during a recent pre-season NFL game. Kaepernick, who’s biracial and was adopted by white parents, said he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

Many of CK’s NFL peers like Victor Cruz, Alex Boone and Drew Brees have spoken out demonizing his actions. Surprisingly to some, however, neither the NFL nor the 49ers will be punishing him. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “Players are encouraged to stand but not required.” Niners coach Chip Kelly said, “We recognize his right to express his feelings.”

Meanwhile, others in Hollywood have began to show their support for Kaepernick. On Tuesday, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on the controversy in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.

“What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote, referring to prominent protests by black athletes that were once considered controversial but have since become iconic symbols of the U.S. civil rights movement.

Mark Cuban, rapper T.I., Tina Lawson, John Legend, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and Terrell Owens also have come to his defense. Hit the flip to see their reactions.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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